New Voters Project Helps Register 5,000 Youth to Vote in Texas

For Immediate Release

Austin, TX – From Dallas to Houston, TexPIRG’s New Voters Project registered over 5,000 Texas youth to vote in time for the November 6th, 2012 election.

“There’s a lot of talk about young people being less motivated to vote in this year’s election, but we know that reaching out to young people where they are can boost youth turnout,” said Ilya Slavinski, Lead Organizer for the New Voters Project.

Whether it was clipboards or laptops, New Voters Project staff and volunteers registered voters at University of Texas-Dallas, University of Texas-Brownsville, and University of Houston. 

The New Voters Project is a non-partisan effort to help register young people to vote and to get them to the polls on Election Day. It has played a leading roll in mobilizing young people for almost 40 years. Since 1984 the NVP has helped to register over 1.7 million young people and made strides in getting young people’s voices heard by elected officials.

In the next three weeks, staff and volunteers will urge thousands to the polls through proven on the-ground and on-line strategies.

“With less than a month to go,” said Slavinski, “we’ve got a shrinking window to make sure that the voices of students across Texas are heard on Election Day.”